Thomas Dale High School graduate, now U.S. Army PFC, Kyle Kovalenko is currently in Herat, Afghanistan in the Western Province, doing his duty, out of Camp Stone. PFC Kovalenko works patrolling, either mounted (in a Humvee or truck) or unmounted (on foot) “clearing current threats from the local Taliban, camped out in the mountains,” said Kovalenko in a email received by the Village News on Monday.
The following area students were named to the fall 2010 Dean’s List at Mary Baldwin College: Rebecca Arline Mayberry, of Chester; Dejia Nicole Hubbard, of Richmond; and Wilmer Wilson, of Richmond.
Sara Meyerhoeffer was named to Longwood University President’s List for the fall 2010 term. Meyerhoeffer, a senior majoring in social work, has been accepted to VCU’s Masters of Social Work program for the fall of 2011. She graduated from Thomas Dale High School in 2008, and her parents are Dean and Christi Meyerhoeffer of Chester.
Chester families who visited Curtis Elementary last Friday evening for Family Fitness Night had the unique opportunity to both speak with and receive autographs from three local pros – Johnny Grubb who played 16 seasons in Major League Baseball, Ken Oxendine a former NFL running back with the Atlanta Falcons, and young professional soccer player Roger Bothe of the Richmond Kickers. All three men attended Curtis during their youth.
Being on the team that wins your school’s first district title is a big deal- just ask Meadowbrook’s Monarchs. That’s the feat they set out to accomplish last Friday night.
When the Thomas Dale Lady Knights took the floor on Friday night in the Central District final, it would be the fifth meeting between them and the Monarchs of Meadowbrook. It would be a game in which Thomas Dale got the best of the Monarchs by a score of 56-43, securing the Lady Knights third straight regular season district championship and tournament championship.
The evolution of the L.C. Bird girls’ basketball team has been a story to follow all season. That evolution reached a new level as they dispatched Cosby in the Dominion District finals 65-55 to secure the championship, as a balanced Bird offensive attack placed three players in double-figures in scoring. The title was the first for Bird since 2008.
The L.C. Bird boys’ basketball team fell in the semi-finals last week to Huguenot, in a closely fought game 55-52 as Huguenot’s Jareese Cooley hit a lay-up with 8.3 seconds to go, and hit one of two foul shots to seal the win. A desperation three point attempt by Bird came close, but was wide left.